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Unread 10-23-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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JKS Adj Track bar help needed - Dvr side

Okay, so, while dismantling and giving everything a good check for wear and replacing components where needed, I come across a disturbing find. The size of the holes at the body mount for the track bar to the driver side are 1/2in diameter, yet the hole in the center sleeve of the JKS trackbar is of slightly smaller diameter. This allows play between the bolt and the frame mount. What gives? I don't think I'm expected to bore/drill out the JKS-supplied sleeve so....is there supposed to be a sleeve supplied that allows choice for a larger diameter bolt? I dunno.

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Unread 10-24-2009, 12:31 PM   #2
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I think the hole in the frame mount is supposed to be smaller. Mine was also 1/2 inch, but i think it got enlarged by the track bar being loose and wobbling around.

I bored out my JKS sleeve and used a 1/2"-20 grade 8 bolt, i think that was a factor in curing my death wobble.
I bored out the sleeve on a lathe. I imagine you could also do it with a drill press if it's secured and you're careful. Also you might be able to call IRO or somewhere and see if they sell individual sleeves in the exact size you need.
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Unread 10-24-2009, 01:11 PM   #3
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Heres a pic... doesn't really show much, except the new bolt.

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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the picture and sizes posted. Yeah, that's what happened with mine it seems. The back side of the mount didn't look wallowed out; it still looked to be in good condition - but the front definately is, yet both will easily accept a 1/2in bolt slid through them. And I have no way of accurately boring out the trackbar bushing sleeve, so I contacted KOR and they are sending out a larger sleeve instead. That was nice of them. At 1/2 inch there is absolutely No play at all between the bolt or a 1/2 in sleeve so that should eliminate some front end play that could lead to DW. And that's what this is all about - taking the time to nitpick at everything front and rear to bring the suspension back to factory riding condition, but with a 3in lift. The largest improvement will be fixing this trackbar issue, and replacing the entire rear A-Arm assembly.

Ha, I had to laugh at myself. I've had a metal-to-metal scraping sound forever under my WJ and couldn't find what was causing it. While going through all this suspension stuff I stumbled upon it. See, in that pic below, how your drag link bends upward then back to the right? Well, I had that side installed on the passenger side instead, which had the drag link too close and scraping against the sway bar link at its base. Doh!


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